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TUESDAY, APR 29 2014, 07:30 PM

Join acclaimed Austrian author Josef Winkler and special guests at this unique literary-musical event. Winkler will read from his work in German and his translator Adrian West will read the corresponding texts in English. Fulya Peker will perform one of her Modern Mythologies, a performance based on Winkler's Natura Morta. Publisher Rainer J. Hanshe (Contra Mundum Press) will also be present to discuss When The Time Comes and Natura Morta as well as CMP's future plans for Winkler's work. The music program will be performed by Michael Lukshis (tabla) and Mark Buccheri (harmonium).



Musical introduction

Reading by Josef Winkler (German) from his texts “Natura Morta” and “Wenn es soweit ist“

„Modern Mythologies”, performance by Fulya Peker

Reading by Adrian West (English) from his translations of “Natura Morta” and “When The Time Comes”

Music by Mike Lukshis (tabla) and Mark Buccheri (harmonium)

Book sale/signing by the author



JOSEF WINKLER | Born a farmer's son in 1953 in Austria's southernmost province, Carinthia, and without any formal higher education, Josef Winkler is one of Austria's most notable contemporary authors. The self-taught writer's first novel Menschenkind was published by Suhrkamp in 1979 paving the way for an exceptional literary career.

Today, Winkler's books have been translated into 16 different languages. He received numerous awards, including the most prestigious awards in German-language literature such as the "Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis", the "Großer Österreichischer Staatspreis für Literatur" and the „Georg-Büchner-Preis." For Natura Morta, he received the Alfred Döblin Prize (2001).

Winkler is also a critical voice in his country's intellectual landscape, the President of Austria's Arts Council, and an active University teacher.

In 2009, Michael Pfeifenberger directed the Kinoleinwandgeher/ El Caminante De La Pantalla, a documentary film co-written by Josef Winkler.

ADRIAN WEST'S translations include the long poem cycle Alma Venus by Pere Gimferrer and Büchner-prize–winning novelist Josef Winkler's Natura Morta and When the Time Comes. His essays, translations, and fiction have been published in numerous print and online journals, including McSweeney's, 3:AM, and Words Without Borders. He lives with the cinema critic Beatriz Leal Riesco.

FULYA PEKER is a Turkish born NY based theaterist & poet. She has performed in works by: Richard Foreman, John Zorn, Object Collection, Robert Ashley, butoh master Katsura Kan, and was featured in David Michalek's Portraits in Dramatic Time at Lincoln Center. Her New York credits as writer and director include: The Plague and Requiem Aeternam Deo (Katharsis Performance Project); The Red Book and The Void (Hybrid Stage Project); and Modern Mythologies Projects: Consciousness of Chaos/Redon, Last Largo/Mimaroglu, Yellow Sound/Kandinsky, Broken Umbilical Chord/Kollwitz, and Hands of a Suicide/Munch. Peker has developed experimental vocal and physical notations and choreographies and gives workshops on avant-garde theater, ritualistic theater, and butoh. Visit her site at: fulyapeker.com

RAINER J. HANSHE is a writer as well as the founder of Contra Mundum Press and Hyperion: On the Future of Aesthetics. He is the author of The Acolytes (2010) and The Abdication (2012). Other texts of his have appeared in Asymptote, ChrisMarker.org, Hungarian Literature Online, Quarterly Conversation, and elsewhere. His essay on incubation in Thus Spoke Zarathustra appeared in Nietzsche’s Therapeutic Teaching (2013); another on synesthesia is forthcoming this year in Nietzsche & the Becoming of Life. Hanshe’s second novel, The Abdication, is currently being translated into Italian, Turkish, and Slovakian. He is currently writing two other novels, Now, Wonder and Humanimality.

CONTRA MUNDUM PRESS (CMP) is a boutique publisher based in New York and Berlin. It is dedicated to the value and the indispensable importance of the individual voice, to testing the boundaries of thought and experience. Its principal interest is in Modernism and the principles developed by the Modernists, as well as in texts that in their use of form and style are a rebours. CMP publishes poetry, literature, drama, philosophy, cinema, and essays and criticism. To date, the press has published translations from French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Sumerian as well as several multilingual texts and two world premiere editions of Pessoa’s texts. Since its inception in 2012, CMP has received grants from the Hungarian Book Foundation, TEDA, the French Embassy, and one from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts, & Culture for West’s translation of Natura Morta. Most recently, CMP co-presented a retrospective of Elio Petri’s films at Arsenal in Berlin.

MIKE LUKSHIS is a dedicated student and performer of tabla, an instrument which is not a part of his cultural heritage. Since 2012, Mike is the only non-Indian member of world-renowned tabla ensemble Talavya, performing with them at PASIC 2013, Ciudad de Las Ideas (TED-like event in Mexico), Lake Eden Arts Festival, Joe's Pub, Sarah Lawrence College, and more. In addition to his tabla performances as a soloist and accompanist for instrumental music and Kathak dance in the US and India, Michael has performed with several New Jersey-based bands and fusion projects.

Musician MARK BUCCHERI has performed at such New York city venues as Steinway Hall, Brooklyn Bowl, Bellhouse, Frying Pan NYC, and Galapagos Art Space in varied musical contexts. He has served on the piano faculty of the Performing Arts Conservatory of New York for the last 5 years and teaches an online Music Appreciation class at Sante Fe College in New Mexico. Mark has also been a tabla student and teacher at the Taalim School of Indian Music for several years. He is an experienced educator and loves sharing music with both audiences and students.